Autavia 11063 GMT
Heuer Autavia 11063 GMT, Cal. 14, c1984/5
What can I say, this is an amazing timepiece. This is THE 11063 that is featured on Davids fantastic Cal. 11 website. Those regular and long time readers of Cal. 11 will know this watch well. Bought in decent condition by David, and restored to perfection with the greatest of care, by master craftsman Abel, this is one very special watch.
Heuer GMT’s aren’t that common, when compared to other models but this later 11063 model is exceedingly hard to find. I don’t really know why, maybe it was because the 11063 range where launched during the early/mid 80’s, when the fashion was not traditional timepieces. Either way, this model is perfect for me. I love the 60’s & 70’s Heuers, but there is something about the 11063 case that just appeals to me. Many prefer the 1163 and 11630, for their classic lines. I agree, and love them too, but I also love the tough, large, tool-like shape of the 11063 case.
I could write forever about this GMT, but as it is well documented over on Cal.11.. so I’ll keep it short and lazily supply the links to the Cal. 11 articles.
I do like watches that have a meaning, a history, a story. This one ticks those boxes… I remember reading about it on Cal. 11 and looking upon it with envy. It’s appeal lies in not only my love for the case, but the toned down grey sub-dials on black, the wide whaite main hands, the patina’d 24 hour hand, the fact that Abel restored it, David owned it, and that it was present at a dinner that David had which with Jack Heuer, who commented on the condition of it – I believe Jack even handled it. All this makes it very special in my eyes, and gives it a quality that can’t be bought.
I’d like to thank David for allowing me to take it off his hands, I promise to look after it, and I really appreciate it’s story. Thanks DC.
NB. Any marks on the case are simply reflections of the pitted metal backdrop.